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Preserving the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

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The art of Turkish tiles and ceramics occupies a place of prominence in the history of Islamic art. Its root can be traced at least as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries.

A perfect example of this exists in the form of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

Inside the Blue Mosque, you will find 20,000 blue tiles that line the high ceiling, with the oldest tiles featuring flowers, trees and abstract patterns. These designs are examples of sixteenth century Iznik design.

There are 260 blue windows consisting of many different tones of blue. Some of these windows remain originals from the sixteenth and seventeenth century, however, some of the stained glass filling these windows are now replicas.

While replicas cannot fully take the place of the originals, the community and artisans involved have worked to keep the integrity of the Blue Mosque intact. The preservation of this mosque helps to preserve the art of the tiles that line the walls and windows.


As skills are observed, valued and appreciated, those skills remain relevant to the culture. Just as the Blue Mosque is preserved, here at C.K. Thomas & Sons, we work to preserve ancient skills and hand craftsmanship.

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